The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is using the Cultural and Creative Industries Initiative (in german) to support the sector in many different ways. The government seeks to give the cultural and creative industries what it takes for them to be able to establish themselves as a distinctive sector, and to withstand competitive pressure. At the same time, the government would like to foster stronger business networks within the sector itself. For this reason, it has initiated a network open for all stakeholders, which is to be used to disseminate information about potential sources of funding and to support startups in the industry.
Beyond this, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to adjust the programmes it has launched as part of its economic and technology policies to be able to provide more funding to cultural and creative businesses. The ministry is also working to facilitate access to credit for freelancers and small businesses in the sector. Cultural and creative businesses are also to gain better access to the ministry’s foreign trade promotion policies, which will make it easier for them to showcase themselves abroad. The German Artists’ Social Security Fund is to be upheld and its services stabilised for the future. The government also wants to adjust digital copyright law to restore the right balance between the respective rights of copyright holders and users.
The German Government’s Centre of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries
Since 2016, the Federal Government’s Centre of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries (in german) has been promoting cooperation between the creative industries and other sectors. The centre advertises the innovative potential of the creative industries and operates platforms for networking. Its purpose is to highlight the importance of the cultural and creative industries as a sector of its own and as a driver of innovation.
Cultural and Creative Pioneers in Germany
The German government wants to highlight the creative potential of those working in the cultural and creative industries for all of the economy and of society. This is why the government, under its Cultural and Creative Industries Initiative, presents individuals who want to turn an extraordinary creative or cultural idea into a business with the title of cultural and creative pioneer in Germany (in german).
For more information about the competition, please click here (in german).